America’s crop rich in variety

It’s fair time — After showing your livestock it’s unusual food time — mostly fried, like Twinkies and funnel cakes. A newie lately is bacon dipped in chocolate. Still, the one food that most of us have at the fair (as well as at home) is — corn on the cob covered with melted butter […]

Too much time spent on problems

I enjoy solving problems. Not abstract puzzles as much as real-life situations, although the occasional puzzle can sometimes be fun, too. This does not mean I like having problems arise that need to be solved, or that I enjoy people who intentionally cause problems for me. Enough little things crop up spontaneously to provide ample […]

Thursday morning briefing: Old newsboys, crop signups and The Duke wins

Good morning and welcome to must reading. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Old newspaper boys Ed Widener of Alamagordo and his brother Dennis Widener of Clovis not only delivered the Portales Daily News/News-Tribune in the 1950s, they started a tradition. Ed says he and Dennis

AgSense: Soil temperature key to crop survival

We are slowly warming up from the record breaking low temperatures of early February. Although it is too early to assess the damage on many crops, reports on damage to different crops are appearing in news reports. The growing tip or crown of most winter crops, including winter wheat, is below soil surface. In northern […]

AgSense: New technologies emerging for sorghum weed control

Mark Marsalis: AgSense Year in and year out, the most significant problem sorghum growers face in our area, other than drought, is grass weed control in their fields. Until now there has not been any way to chemically control grassy weeds after they have emerged in the sorghum crop. While pre-emergence herbicides are available, activity […]

Year in review: 2010 good year for cotton crop

Argen Duncan Agriculture this year saw good harvests overall, an increase in cotton and a little relief for dairy owners. Floyd farmer Allen Deen said Roosevelt County had 75 percent more cotton than normal this year, and Kenny Whitecotton of Strippers Custom Harvesting estimated the county had 5,000 to 6,000 acres of the crop. Predictions […]

Farmers expect strong milo crop

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Jared Tucker: Portales News-Tribune Junior Jasso, a truck driver for Lieb Farms, waits for his truck to be filled with fresh-harvested grain sorghum Wednesday. The owners of the farm, Randy and Diane Lieb, plan to spend their 39th wedding anniversary harvesting this year’s record crop. Jared Tucker What’s the best way to spend your 39th […]

Farmers say area cotton crop booming

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Floyd farmer Allen Deen shows dryland cotton plants in his field along N.M. 267. This year is his first to grow cotton in 31 years of farming, and he said the crop and price look like they will be excellent. Argen Duncan Roosevelt and Curry counties have much more cotton […]

Thursday morning briefing: Crop counts and Lady Liberty

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing.Crop reports due Farmers must report their crop acreage, except for small grains, by July 15 to continue to be eligible for U.S. Farm Service Agency programs. Farmers must report acreage for all crops, including those planted on non-cropland such as hayed or grazed pasture. […]

CROP walk raises more than $1,600

CNJ staff Sunday’s Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) walk raised $1,687. Organizer Rev. Ben Wright said 25 percent, $421.75, will go to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Church World Services will receive the remaining $1,265.25 for missions nationally and overseas.